Not so Moody After All

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Spring is slowly coming to the Derbyshire Moor’s.  Sun cutting through the Silver Birch on this fabulous sunny spring day…..  a joy to be out and about.

As always, any visit to Stanton Moor has to include time to visit the Nine Ladies Stone Circle… despite having the moors virtually to ourselves, we could have predicted, that there would be someone using the ancient (and to many a sacred) monument, as a place to sit and today to text.

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But for us this sunny spring morning, it was also a morning to take ones time… even just to stop and stare.._DOI3298qqqa

Yes, it is a Monday, but this Monday wasn’t moody.

We hope you have also had a good Monday but don’t forget…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

19th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Once Upon a Time……

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Nine Ladies, Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

Once upon a time……  we enjoyed the freedom to roam, at will.  Two years ago to the day we had just past the Spring Equinox.  So off to Stanton Moor we headed, to pay our respects to the Nine Ladies Stone Circle.  It does seem so long ago, a different world.

Stanton Moor is not a location that is that far away from us…..  but too far under the current Covid Lockdown restriction.

There are suggestions that rules may be eased in mid April maybe May.  I do hope so.  I am not looking to dash off to the far corners of the country and certainly not abroad……   just to be able to have the freedom to broadened our horizons that little bit further afield.  

Even when that freedom arrives, we will need to exercise care to avoid returning to square one…  so

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

23rd March

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday…… Another Favourite Place

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Location:–    A moor for all seasons,  Stanton Moor, Derbyshire 

As always and where ever you are…..

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

10th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Day that started well…. but the weather had other plans

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Christmas Eve Walk on Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

It started off so well.  Clear blue skies and sunshine.  The forecast was favourable for the whole day.  Cold, in comparison to recent days, 2c.  A strong wind did add an extra chill to the day, but that sun was actually easing the feel of the morning. 

But before mid morning the skies had darkened and that wind started to cut through.  Not complaining, still invigorating to be out and about, enjoying moorland views and broader views across Derbyshire.  

There are several well weathered Gritstone outcrops on the edge of the moors. One in particular, well weathered and hiding away among some gnarled old tree,   now much inscribed with initial,  hearts and dates, is known as  the Cat Stone.  There must be a legend as to why it so named.  Whilst it is an interesting shape, I  see no resemblance to a feline animal….. maybe you can?

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Those darkening skies that appeared from nowhere, driven along by the high wind, brought us our first Snow of the winter.  Yep…SNOW!  For about 40 minutes we had thick flurries of snow, visibility  reduce, but it was not for sticking.  The ground was too wet, not surprising  after all the recent rains and no doubt still retaining some warmth. 

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The first snow (or attempt at snow) is always rather exciting, exciting that is before after a while the novelty wears off.

The mini snowstorm past, but we could still see various squalls passing by over the surrounding valleys.

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The clear blue skies never did return but for the rest of the day it did make some spirited attempts  to return….

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Not the weather we were expecting…… but still a great day to be out, real fresh air and a Christmas Eve treat.

Christmas Day tomorrow, a day to relax and reflect….Enjoy but also….

Please Remember ….
Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

24th December

(C) David Oakes 2020

Wordless Wednesday…. Another Favourite Place

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Location:-   Mist and Frost  – Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

Wherever you are….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

23rd December

(C) David Oakes 2020